Sun Temple Food Recipes

  • Chicken Charlton

     

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    Individually wrapped chicken Charlton

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    Chicken Charlton cooked as a casserole

    This recipe comes to you from my friend Emma’s kitchen. It’s a brilliant recipe to have, as its the sort of thing that you can glam right up for a dinner party, or keep on the down low for mid week supper at home. The ingredients list is short and the prep time minimal. As I write this, Emma is winging her way to St. Lucia to participate in a team with me and Tracey in the second annual St. Lucia Triathlon. I may have to regale you with photos and stories in another posting. We plan to “complete” not “compete”, and the name we have chosen for our team is a little cheeky.

    I’m not sure how she’s going to react to the fact that as usual I have Sun temple-ized her recipe. I have given both sets of photos so you can pick which method you prefer. Basically you can choose to make them as individual portions or compile the whole lot as a chicken casserole. Both are fab!

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    both methods require the chicken to be flattened

     Serves 8

    8 chicken breasts

    8 tbsp pesto (homemade or best quality jar)

    300 g goat’s cheese

    16 slices proscuito (parma ham)

    large bunch basil

    I have only done the casserole version with the smaller number of 3 chicken breasts which adequately feeds 4. If this is the version you choose, then leave the other ingredients at 50% of full recipe quantities.

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    assembling individually

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    Assemble the individual portions as per the photos above, which you then wrap securely in foil. This can be done ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 1 day, which is useful if you plan on serving them for a dinner party.

    For the chicken casserole version, first mix the goat’s cheese and the pesto together thoroughly. Then make 3 layers of chicken, goat’s cheese/pesto mix and prosciutto and cook in a casserole dish with a tight fitting lid.

    In both versions, liberally sprinkle fresh basil leaves wherever the whim takes you. I put them in each layer. The individual portions will cook faster at about 25 minutes in a 180ºC (350ºF) while the chicken casserole will take closer to 40 minutes. Both should result in delicious juices which you can spoon over your completed meal.

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    assembling as a chicken casserole

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    The chicken casserole dish needs a tight fitting lid

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